Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer: Release date, cast and trailer

Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer is a Netflix docuseries that recounts the serial killings by Richard Cottingham from 1967-1980. The three-part series dives deep into the investigations and focuses on “how this particular time and place, and a confluence of social forces, created an environment that allowed terrible things to happen”.

Release date

Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer is set to release on 29th December on Netflix. 

Cast and creators

Directed by: Joe Berlinger


“In 1970s NYC, the “Torso Killer” preys on women to fulfill his grotesque fantasies while eluding police. A docuseries dive into crime’s darkest places.”

Other details

The official number of murders committed by the Cottingham, also known as Times Square Torso Ripper, is 11, over the span of 13 years. Cottingham claims that the numbers are actually anywhere between 85-100. 

The Times Square Killer is the second instalment of Crime Scene. 


The clip opens with shots of Times Square which has now become a symbol of New York but was considered an “atrocity” in the 70s. Many news clips along with re-enactments of the events and investigations are included. It also features interviews of the investigators and the police. One of the investigators can be seen saying “I had never covered crime as salacious and evil and as brutal.” The interviewees explain how Times Square in the 70s was a place where one could fulfil all their forbidden fantasies and how the place was filled with rampant crimes. The victims’ relatives also recall the horrific incidents. The police explain how things went down and talk about the “psychology of evil”.

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